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The Ska musical for the Windrush generation returns to London after 20 years.
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About The Big Life

It’s 1948 and on board the Windrush Empire, journeying over from the West Indies to England, Ferdy, Bernie, Dennis and Lennie are full of expectations and aspirations.

Eager to make successes of themselves, they are optimistic about what the future holds, plus Dennis is certain that showing his brother’s posthumous medal from World War II will mean he is welcomed heartily. Building this new life will take focus and sacrifice, and the young men make the bold decision to forswear wine and women for three whole years and devote themselves to their future in London.

Sybil, Mary, Zulieka and Kathy have other ideas. They know that man cannot live by bread alone! So each one's resolve is put to the test as the reality of life in a less-than-welcoming England, not to mention the weather, makes forgoing the warmth of female company hard to resist. Will the men stick with their idea of The Big Life, or will Cupid have the final say?

A joyful and uplifting production, where the story of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost meets that of the Windrush generation in a fun-packed Ska musical that’ll have you dancing in your seats.

THE BIG LIFE returns to the stage 20 years after its Stratford East premiere and subsequent West End transfer.

Presented by Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Run time

Approximately 3 hours including an interval

Start date

16th February, 2024

End date

30th March, 2024



10+ (contains one use of a strong racial slur)

126 Reviews

Red Bus Londinium

Red Bus Londinium

133 Reviews | 10 Followers
Great acting, Resonant, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want a phenomenally well-cast, brilliantly directed, stimulating, thoughtful and hilarious musical about the Windrush generation.

Don’t see it if you do not like musicals which can laugh at themselves. You are not interested in exploring the dark sides of recent history.

Helen 3106

Helen 3106

34 Reviews | 1 Followers
Great singing, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Enchanting

See it if This show should transfer to the west end, it has everything!!!

Don’t see it if It's a must see



5 Reviews | 0 Followers
Must see, Hilarious, Great singing, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if As we say in the carribbrean "long time since me laugh so harty" I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end could not stop laughing

Don’t see it if If your not prepared to laugh

Katie 335834

Katie 335834

97 Reviews | 6 Followers
Must see, Hilarious, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like musicals with a strong story and great music

Don’t see it if No reason not to see it

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Theatre Royal Stratford East

Gerry Raffles Square, London, United Kingdom, E15 1BN


Location: Fringe/Off West End
Bus numbers: 25, 69, 86, 97, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 339, 425, 473, D8, N8, N86
Night bus numbers: N8, N86


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